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Friday, 28 June 2013

The Kings Ginger Summer Cup

The Kings Ginger has been made since 1903, although I must confess I had never heard of it until I was offered the chance to review it along with Bulldog Gin and Appleton Estate Rum. I love anything flavoured with ginger so was intrigued to see what this liqueur was like.  I was also provided with cocktail recipes and a little booklet of recipes using the Kings Ginger.  Fortunately these are also available on the The Kings Ginger website.
King Edward VII

The King’s Ginger is the emphatically ginger liqueur that was specifically formulated by Berry Bros. in 1903 for King Edward VII. Rich and zesty, it was created to stimulate and revivify His Majesty and has been appreciated by bon viveurs, sporting gentlemen and high-spirited ladies ever since.

The King’s Ginger is sporting a new look to assert the premium credentials of the world’s only high-strength ginger liqueur and to reinforce its peerless heritage.

King Edward VII was a thoroughly sociable chap who enjoyed the high life; his preferred pursuits were many and varied, chief among them driving his horseless carriage, a Daimler. His physician, a customer of Berry Bros. (as was the King), was concerned about Edward’s health, exposed as he was to the elements in his new automobile. He commissioned, therefore, his wine and spirits merchants to formulate a liqueur which would warm His Majesty; the result, a rich, golden liqueur with a pronounced spicy ginger emphasis and delightfully crisp flavour.

The King’s Ginger is a high-strength liqueur created by the careful maceration of ginger root enlivened by the judicious addition of citrus in the form of lemon peel. Although warming and heartening on a cold day as originally intended, it is a splendidly uplifting tonic to be enjoyed on its own all year round as well as in any number of cocktails and long drinks. It has been described by Jonathan Ray in The Field as “opulently and sublimely gingery.”

The Kings Ginger Summer Cup

1 part (25ml/1oz) The Kings Ginger
3 parts (75ml/2.5oz) Cranberry Juice
3 parts (75ml/2.5oz) Lemonade

Build in a glass over ice and add lemon wheels and strawberries. This can also be made in jugs and punch bowls.

I also tested Bulldog Gin with Fever-tree Tonic water, very delicious and refreshing, it's been a while since I've had a gin and tonic and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it.  I do love the Fever-tree mixers they don't taste artificial as many other mixers do.  I loved the Mediterranean Tonic which I tried at the Foodies Festival in Edinburgh last year but have found it difficult to source locally.

Here's another alternative to tonic water in your gin:

Bulldog Gin Signature Serve
50 ml Bulldog Gin
Top Cloudy lemonade
Sprig of Mint
Lemon wedge
Pour in Gin over cubed ice, top up with cloudy lemonade and garnish with a lemon wedge and sprig of mint.

I still have a sample of Appleton Estate Rum to try, but think I'd like to add that to a dessert or cake so I'll report back on that another time.

Bulldog Gin is available in 70cl bottles from Waitrose RRP £24.99
Appleton Estate Rum V/X is available from all major supermarkets RRP £20.29
Appleton Estate Rum 8 Year Old is available from Selfridges RRP £24.99
The Kings Ginger is available from Berry Bros. & Rudd in 50cl bottles at £17.95

I was provided with miniatures of these spirits to sample with mixers, I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

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At 28 June 2013 at 10:22 , Blogger Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Morning Janice, I do like the look of the bottles.... very stylish. My husband would love King's Ginger liquer, myself, I would have to go with the gin and tonic.... nice on hot summer's afternoon. Or should I say, like the King, I need a liquer, because we are exposed to the elements. The weather has been dreadful and it is pouring down with rain at the moment.
Thank you for reviewing these liquers as it is always lovely to hear about new products.
Have a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes

At 28 June 2013 at 10:47 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I was sent some just before I left for Cyprus, but haven't tried it yet. I too love all things ginger, so I am looking forward to it.

At 28 June 2013 at 19:06 , Blogger fiona maclean said...

I love the kings ginger, I've tried it at a Berry Bros and Rudd wine tasting near christmas where they had it made up into a hot punch. Very delicious

At 30 June 2013 at 17:01 , Blogger Choclette said...

Haha, a spirited lady hey! This does sound rather good, I love ginger and this would be a great addition to summer drinks or even taken with hot water in the winter.


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